Never in my life have I told someone not to read a book. Even if I dislike a book I would still recommend to friends who I know have different taste than my own. However. I came across an article today that has made me sad and angry for the publishing world. Yes the ways to self publish are getting easier so the need for positive reviews are needer. But reviews are one person voice and they should be allowed that voice as much as the writer of a story has in telling their story. Thousands of book get knocked back from publishers a day that the trade we live in. But a 14 year old girl got tracked down and attacked by an author because of her view. I say we should not read because of this because humans have a mortality of wanting to see a car crash up close. people will go and read the book just to see what caused this event to happen. However in my eyes I think nobody should read his work either this or any other book that this man writes because. Storys will be told and tales will be spun but anyone who can hit a 14 year old with a wine bottle for telling her thoughts on a book should not be allowed to have the power to do it again if he got another negative review
This is a fast action book with a fantastic lead character Alyssa. Alyssa is crown princess but that doesn’t stop her from going out on patrols every night. She has power wisdom loyalty though can be a little defiant at times. There is a war brewing and she may have to marry but she keeps a good head on her shoulder and learns what its like to fight. For people who liked Red Queen, House of Royals, Matched, Selection or the Young Elites this book is for you.
Please note I was lucky enough to get an advance Arc on this book it goes on sale to the general public on 25 August
Downcast is another retelling of the Persephone Hades myth. If you go through my reviews here or on Goodreads you’ll know I love these type of books. This one for me had some good areas and some not so good areas. The lead didn’t have a very strong voice at the beginning of the book. However the cause of this is explained near the end. In books like Half Blood Jennifer L Armentrout. Goddess Test series Aimee Carter the one thing I like most is that the lead has a very strong back bone. However the ending of the book when the lead actual learns what she is and who other people actually are she suddenly develops one very fast. I enjoy the spin that this book is taken its hard to complement it without giving the whole storyline away and you need to read the story line for yourself. If you like Star crossed by Josephine Angelini then this is a book for you.
Of course if you just like Greek retelling especially ones with Hades like I do its a defiantly a to read book.
On Saturday I went to second city Birmingham event. This was an event for indie authors to promote there works. This was an interesting event in the fact it was the first one UK wise. All the authors where happy to stand and chat about everything and anything not just their books.
This was also a nice event because there was just the right amount of people that you didn’t feel closed in and you didn’t ever have to wait long for people and if you did you could always go back to a table later.
There was also a lot of competitions going on such as author bingo you go to every stand and get an autograph when you got the final line you got sweet if you completed the page you got put into a draw to win all the books.
There was a lot of swag at each table and I came away with a ton of pin badges, key rings, fridge magnets, wrist bands and sweets. Not to mention buying more books than I could carry.
There was an evening event to this sighing that unfortunately I couldn’t go to. However I have seen the pictures from other friends where they had fun parting with authors that had been there during the day had karaoke and just a general laid back time.
The nice thing about these events is that you feel acknowledge by the authors you’ve gone to see. You can chat happily and get to know what its like for struggling or new authors to succeed. I would suggest anyone to go to an event like this. To give unknown authors a chance
On Friday I went to London to go to the YALC convention in LFCC. I’ve been going to LFCC since 2009 and have many great memories. However last years LFCC was poorly managed and had too many people turn up that the over crowding and pure chaos had put me off re-going this year. However there was one main highlight (well to I got a Stan lee photo but again queue was murder.) and that was the young adult author zone it was at the very back of LFCC last year and was small that trying to get certain authors signature we took up all the room that would be looking around for books. I think last year Patrick Ness was the most insane queue and the organises hadn’t accounted for just how many people would turn up. Last year the talk area was small and you had to get a ticket first thing in the morning or stand at the side.
This years YALC was completely different it had practically a whole floor dedicated to it and had a great floor plan the first hour only YALC ticket holders where allowed in which was great so you had plenty of time to walk around stands and authors and chat away with them. The time talks was fantastic.
Unfortunely I only went on the Friday which meant I missed a lot of the big big authors however I had already met some of them such as Cassandra Claire who done LFCC 2 years ago before Mortal instruments film came out and before YAlC had its own section I also met Holly Smale at last years YALC.
My favourite part of this years YALC however was the HP party. it was run by muggle net and there where a number of interesting things to do. As a true Slytherin I acted the part and met several people like minded. I wore a Dobby mask which freaked a lot of people out and I teamed up with a girl who was dressed as Severus Snape. Who is my favourite character of all time. It was a great end to a great event.
Jennifer L Armentrout is one of my fav authors of all time. Her books are so diverse ranging from aliens in Lux series gargoyle’s in stone cold kiss series half bloods in covenant (love doesn’t even cover this series) and titian series yet her adult/ new adult books show difficulties people have had to suffer or what they are going through and can be hard hitting and thought provoking. her range of switching between genres and still keeping each book fresh and unique is impressive. Though I swear something’s that happen or have been said in the “be with me series” is like she had a recording of me and my uni friends when we where all together.
Scorched was an interesting story it was slower than most her other books to start but the ending had many messages and thoughts that should be aired in public not hidden or people think less of them. It covers depression in a way very few books can and how anxiety and college could lead to binge drinking socially at college and what can happen if it goes wrong. I liked that she actually gone there because most people do. But this book makes you think and that’s something I like to read. It also tells people its okay to talk about anxiety and depression issues. This book really kicked me in the feels it was brilliantly delivers from start to finish.
I had the pleasure of getting an Arch edition of this book.
The story follows Alicia Ryan in entering a world where vampires are real and she is part of them. I enjoy the retelling of vampire story lines especially ones where there are differences.
This book sets up a great story plot of how vampires would work as a monarchy. However I would of liked to see some of the monarchs appear I’m sure later books will make this series. Just at times I found the storyline a bit slow as if the book explains things where if you had let the events unfold you could learn parts about vampirism over time and get a better hold. Because it would be more visual.
That being said there is a lot of good things about this book the first being Rath a character that is in charge of Alvia family estate. he reminds me of Sebastian from black butler. The final chapters of the book are very fast and fantastic and I think leading into the next book that I will enjoy it more because it ends on a point that will change a character forever.
Whilst I found parts of this book slow it has a great premise and know the future books have a great foundation to work on.
I posted the cover of this book yesterday and also got an advanced copy which I read last night. I enjoyed the book a lot and the final chapters are some of the best final chapters I’ve had the pleasure to read. This books is very intense and very dark at times.
A.M.Wilson certainly isn’t afraid to broach topics that a lot of authors wouldn’t. She also manages to write them well. As the topic broached in this series has abuse scene. This might be tiggery for people who have been through it. That benign said the opposite could be true and a person who has come through abuse may feel a kinship to the main lead.
If you have had troubles in the past make sure your ready before hand. I’m not telling you to not read it far from it. I’ve read several fiction and non fiction and can say that I’ve found this book both enjoyable and a easy read I’m just saying read it when the time is right for you because over coming abuse takes time.
There are several loveable character’s in this book my favourite being Sin a scary looking dude with a heart of gold. I always find these character’s the most interesting and have been informed that he’s getting his own novella later this year so keep your eyes pealed for that
A.M Wilson is a new author with incredible talent her first book Indisputable tells a tail or forbidden love whilst dealing with intense psychological issues. It promotes awareness of self harm and the reason why some people turn to it or even need it to survive. Redesigning fate is a stand alone book that gets released publically end of this month. I would check out indisputable before this come out they are separate enteritis but the writing style is skilful and makes the book a very easy read.
I left everything behind in order to be free. I should have known better than to think it would be so easy. All it took was one day at my new job.
He came for me.
I used a stranger to deter him, and in doing so, realized my heart began to beat again. Elias Brooks put me back together after Travis Dawson tore me apart. Travis makes it everybody’s business that I belong to him, including Elias, but he couldn’t be more wrong.
He’s stalking me.
I’m afraid he’s come back to hurt me again. He promises he’s not. Travis pleads he’s only trying to keep me safe from none other than Elias.
Who do I trust? Fate led me down the wrong path before. Who’s to say it won’t happen again?
Ever since Fault in Our Stars became a best seller and hit at the box office. Young adult and New adult books have started to focus on the big issues people face such as cancer, suicide, lost of a love one and the grief it causes and high school shootings. This is the first time I’ve seen two of the big issues be presented well inside the same book. Kate been battling her cancer since she was 11. Now at 17 its back and she has to do another round of chemo. Enter in her oncologist son. Who is working at the hospital as he has been kicked out of two schools. Drinks and does drugs because he can’t deal with the death of his mother and brother.
Soon Kate and Daimon fall hard for each other. Soon Daimon start to clean up his act But there’s always the chance that Kate may die. He always see’s her as the “strong one”. Kate’s nurse warns her that if she where to die Daimon wont live. The nurse tells her she’s the strong one. In fact most people do but Kate knows its not about strength it about having no other choice. You deal because you have to.
I enjoyed this read as its well written and I have come across numerous books that focus to hard on a specific trigger or influence of life but this book is well balanced and easy to get into